does anyone have anything GOOD to say about Efudex?

carmenworley Community Member March 09, 2008
  • After 10 yrs (& 5 dermotologists later) I have finally decided to use Efudex on my face.  I have seen some "logs" on the Internet - and folks DO look better...but, was it worth it?  I am so hesitant.  I grew up in the 60's and had fair skin that was burnt over and over...I know the AK's are too many for freezing.  I just thought after all this time something would come out to treat it WITHOUT so much pain and discomfort.  I have used it on my arms - and was really not happy with the results.  I asked the dermotologist to refer me to someone to talk to that would be ENCOURAGING....she did not respond.  Is there ANYONE out there that was truly GLAD they went through it? 
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  • Di
    Di
    May. 02, 2014

    I am on my 3rd week of using Efudex on my arms. Both arms are wrapped with an ace bandage for a week. Each week I go in to have more cream put on and re-wrapped.  I do not have sores as I've seen on the internet. My skin cancer has turned white as the medication eats it away. It is not eating my skin only the cancer. My arms do itch, but I was given a...

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    I am on my 3rd week of using Efudex on my arms. Both arms are wrapped with an ace bandage for a week. Each week I go in to have more cream put on and re-wrapped.  I do not have sores as I've seen on the internet. My skin cancer has turned white as the medication eats it away. It is not eating my skin only the cancer. My arms do itch, but I was given a prescription to help with that. I have to wrap arms in trash bags to take a shower. I have to stay out of the heat as that makes my arm sweat and cause itching. Dr said I may have to do this treatment for 5 weeks instead of the required 4 weeks. I am just thankful that I am not going thru all the discomfort and redness as others on the internet.

    • Anonymous
      Layney
      Jun. 19, 2014
      How did your treatment go?
    • Di
      Di
      Jun. 19, 2014

      5 weeks total and all the cancer is gone. This procedure was much easier than what I've seen on the internet. Was not red, scaly, bloody, nothing. I have dry skin now but I use lotion to prevent that.  Treatment is highly recommended, it is alot less painful.

  • D
    D
    Oct. 16, 2012

    I realize that the original question was several years back, but it still pops up in searches, so I'll offer my 2 cents.

     

    I did a 30 day treatment of Efudex 12 months ago. Twice a day on my head and face.

     

    Yes, it was hellish. Nights of little to no sleep, itching, pain and feeling like my face was being bitten by 1000 mosquitos. I looked like many...

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    I realize that the original question was several years back, but it still pops up in searches, so I'll offer my 2 cents.

     

    I did a 30 day treatment of Efudex 12 months ago. Twice a day on my head and face.

     

    Yes, it was hellish. Nights of little to no sleep, itching, pain and feeling like my face was being bitten by 1000 mosquitos. I looked like many of the photos you see online (actually, mine are some of them!) I looked like I'd been napalmed.

    Would I do it again? If you'd asked me 11.5 months ago, I'd have said "no way!". But today I can say that yes, I would do it again and it was worth it. 

    One of the positive results has been a clearer complexion and fewer/reduced wrinkles.

    Fact is, if your Doctor suggested doing it once for AKs, theres a chance you may have to do it again. 

    My Dr said I "hit a home run" with my treatment, but I've since had AKs nitro'ed off in places that I'd done the Efudex treatment. (and I've been religious about sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure since) So there is a chance of having to do it again, but I'd rather do that than do nothing and have to have much more invasive surgery to remove areas of skin in the future. 

     

     

  • Anonymous
    Kailua Gal
    Mar. 24, 2012

    I grew up in Hawaii in a time when nobody knew anything about skin cancer. I am now 54 yrs, and have been using Efudex for several years.  Even though I know what it is going to do (have to "program" the time), I love this stuff. I know that when I put it on, twice a day, for two weeks, I am going to look like a monster. I try to only use it on a couple...

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    I grew up in Hawaii in a time when nobody knew anything about skin cancer. I am now 54 yrs, and have been using Efudex for several years.  Even though I know what it is going to do (have to "program" the time), I love this stuff. I know that when I put it on, twice a day, for two weeks, I am going to look like a monster. I try to only use it on a couple of places at at time, otherwise my whole face would be affected.  Yes, you look awful, and yes...IT ITCHES LIKE CRAZY, but once it starts to heal, and the scabs go away, you give it a couple of weeks, there are NO SCARS, and you look great!! I love this stuff, and use it about two or three times a year in different places on my face and chest.  I have even turned my sister on to it, and she loves it.  Just give it a chance, and don't be alarmed at what it makes you look like. Remember it is pulling the cancer from the inside of your body out, and that has to look bad.

  • Paul
    Jan. 25, 2012

     

    I did it about 7 years ago and am thinking of doing a second treatment. The first week was no big deal but by the end of the second week it was hard to put on the cream. The third week my face really blistered up. (I told people a work that my microwave oven malfunctioned while cooking dinner). Six weeks after I started it looked like I sent skiing without...

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    I did it about 7 years ago and am thinking of doing a second treatment. The first week was no big deal but by the end of the second week it was hard to put on the cream. The third week my face really blistered up. (I told people a work that my microwave oven malfunctioned while cooking dinner). Six weeks after I started it looked like I sent skiing without sun block. The treatment not only got rid of the actinic keratosis, it removed a few of the age (liver) spots and fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. I ended up looking 5 years younger. I am glad I did it. (just work on some great stories to tell when people ask). I know a dentist who did it and it didn’t stop him from practicing. You would be surprised how many people will say, “oh you are doing Efudex, I did that few years ago”.

     

     

     

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May. 12, 2011

    Help! I am getting married in 3 weeks. With the recommedation of my dermatologist I started Efudex twice a day in an isolated area on my forehead. I was told the treatment would only take 2 weeks. It has been 5 weeks and my skin is red and scaly. I need this to go away before my wedding. I am not sure if I should tough it out and hope that it...

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    Help! I am getting married in 3 weeks. With the recommedation of my dermatologist I started Efudex twice a day in an isolated area on my forehead. I was told the treatment would only take 2 weeks. It has been 5 weeks and my skin is red and scaly. I need this to go away before my wedding. I am not sure if I should tough it out and hope that it heels up in the next 3 weeks, stop treatment now and hope that the symtoms minimize, or go back to the dermatologist office and request cryotherapy. Any suggestions are apprecited.

  • jackie
    Apr. 09, 2011

    I have been doing Efudex on sections of my face, started Feb 14th. Just have my nose left to do(about 7 more days).  My forehead and left cheed were a breeze but I am suffering from so much pain on my right cheek bone, around the sinus area under my eye. Haven't applied any efudex in the area for almose 11 days but the pain comes in waves almost ever 2...

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    I have been doing Efudex on sections of my face, started Feb 14th. Just have my nose left to do(about 7 more days).  My forehead and left cheed were a breeze but I am suffering from so much pain on my right cheek bone, around the sinus area under my eye. Haven't applied any efudex in the area for almose 11 days but the pain comes in waves almost ever 2 hours. I feel like it is beginnig to heat up, then a wave of pounding pain in the area, almost feels like I have been stung by a huge bee and the bone even hurts/ red, inflammed and hot to touch. ANy one else experience this? my skin doctor has no bedside manner or patients with cry babies so I don't know who else to turn to.

    Could this be an infection or is there worse cells in the area? I had SCC surgically removed about 1 inch lower on that same side 3 months ago.

    • pat
      pat
      May. 02, 2011

      I would ask the doctor about the possibility of an infection. It can happen. you should make sure.  All it takes is for a bit of bacteria to get in the open sore. Antibiotics should clear it up if it is infected.

       

      I finished 2 weeks of Efudex on the area over my upper lip and to the sides of my mouth where I had the problem. Have now been two weeks...

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      I would ask the doctor about the possibility of an infection. It can happen. you should make sure.  All it takes is for a bit of bacteria to get in the open sore. Antibiotics should clear it up if it is infected.

       

      I finished 2 weeks of Efudex on the area over my upper lip and to the sides of my mouth where I had the problem. Have now been two weeks healing using an antibiotic cream for healing and Aquaphor for moisture. But I am still very red after two weeks healing and I feel my skin is sort of wrinkled and some spots that look like scars. In people's experience is this permanent or will this go away with time?  I do feel the skin is still a bit fry.

       

      Thanks for any help.

  • Anonymous
    me
    Feb. 19, 2010

    it was sooooo worth it

     

    my skin looks great

    i would reccomed everyone who has ever been in the sun to use it.

    you will look grat.

    its like getting a whole new layer of skin and face lift without the expense and fake loooking that  plastic surgery would make yo look like

  • Anonymous
    Ken
    May. 19, 2009

    The last time I used Efudex I suffered for 5 weeks, 4 of those weeks I found myself being unable to sleep because of the burning and itching...it was unbearable!  I have heard people make comments that it was not all that bad but I think it depends on how bad your condition is.  I have lived in Florida since 1960 and back then sunscreens where unheard...

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    The last time I used Efudex I suffered for 5 weeks, 4 of those weeks I found myself being unable to sleep because of the burning and itching...it was unbearable!  I have heard people make comments that it was not all that bad but I think it depends on how bad your condition is.  I have lived in Florida since 1960 and back then sunscreens where unheard of which caused my condition to be worse than most.  When I use Efudex I don't just get red in spots in areas of precancer, the entire area in which I apply the cream turns red at first then completely scabs over. They recommend that you wash the area and dry before reapplying and let me tell you I know how burn patients feel now during there treatments.  I will NEVER use Efudex again and I am in the process of researching a new cream called Solarase which is approved for the UK and Canada but not sure about the US as yet.  The bottom line is if your condition is moderate to severe I would stay away from Efudex and deal with the cancers as they appear.

  • Anonymous
    Melly
    Nov. 11, 2008

    I've been using Efudex twice daily for about 14 years, off and on.  Now my dermatologist has recommended twice weekly treatment.  Monday/Thurdsay is their mantra, at night only. 

     

    So far I like it.  Many, MANY fewer obvious lesions, though I do get a few.  And you have to keep it up longer.  I plan to go for 6 months,...

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    I've been using Efudex twice daily for about 14 years, off and on.  Now my dermatologist has recommended twice weekly treatment.  Monday/Thurdsay is their mantra, at night only. 

     

    So far I like it.  Many, MANY fewer obvious lesions, though I do get a few.  And you have to keep it up longer.  I plan to go for 6 months, doing face, chest, neck and nape.  I've done these areas in the past but I see this as more preventive than anything else...knock out the damage pretty much as its developing.  I like the way my skin looks--I'm almost 59.  I still have some freckles and sunspots that don't respond...that's OK with me, considering how much crap I've eliminated.  I'm very good about the sun--sleeves, umbrella, staying in the shade--but boy did I spend a lot of time in it till age 35.  I'm whiter than white and lucky I don't have much worse stuff going on.    

     

    I've also been spot treating sores on my scalp, which is not fun.  Did I hear there's a liquid formulation of Efudex?

    • Anonymous
      Pete
      Mar. 21, 2009

      Hi,

      I've been reading websites about Efudix for a year and only just found this. It has a more philosophical and long term view than most, which I quite like as I'm wondering how things might go over the next few years.

       

      My doctor told me he had people using Efudix twice a week but I couldn't think it would be a real benefit.

       

      For the...

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      Hi,

      I've been reading websites about Efudix for a year and only just found this. It has a more philosophical and long term view than most, which I quite like as I'm wondering how things might go over the next few years.

       

      My doctor told me he had people using Efudix twice a week but I couldn't think it would be a real benefit.

       

      For the first time in 12 months I feel that I'm getting on top of my scalp AK and would like to think that some low level use of Efudix would be useful. I notice one more AK has appeared recently so I'm never going off guard.

       

      I'm wondering how clear you were when you went to twice weekly and how it's going.

       

      Pete

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 22, 2009

      Hi!

       

      Are you using liquid efudex on your scalp?  I'm hoping to get some of that.

       

      My derm insisted that twice weekly is effective.  Like you, I'm used to "lighting up" with the twice daily regimen.  On the twice weekly I got very few visible lesions. I hope it was effective (I did it about 6 months), but I really should do it all...

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      Hi!

       

      Are you using liquid efudex on your scalp?  I'm hoping to get some of that.

       

      My derm insisted that twice weekly is effective.  Like you, I'm used to "lighting up" with the twice daily regimen.  On the twice weekly I got very few visible lesions. I hope it was effective (I did it about 6 months), but I really should do it all the time.   I'm pale as can be and living in Southern cal.

    • Anonymous
      Pete
      Mar. 24, 2009

      Hi,

      I'm using cream and it gives me eczema in some places.  I put some on 2 days ago to start the twice weekly and the eczema came up quite red in one area but not in another on my scalp. I'll leave it to settle and try again.

       

      I'm in the UK.

       

      Pete

    • Anonymous
      English Rose
      Apr. 05, 2009

      I USED EFUDIX CREAM ON BOTH LEGS FROM KNEE DOWN FOR 4 WKS IN NOV '08 THEN STARTED AGAIN ON IN MARCH '09 FOR FURTHER 4 WKS (ON CONSULTANTS RECOMMENDATION)  I HAD TO STOP AFTER 20 DAYS OF 2ND SESSION AS MY LEGS & FEET WERE ALL SWOLLEN AND I WAS COVERED IN A BLOTCHY RASH ALL OVER MY BODY.  THE HOSPITAL SAID IT COULDN'T BE THE CREAM...BUT TO STOP...

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      I USED EFUDIX CREAM ON BOTH LEGS FROM KNEE DOWN FOR 4 WKS IN NOV '08 THEN STARTED AGAIN ON IN MARCH '09 FOR FURTHER 4 WKS (ON CONSULTANTS RECOMMENDATION)  I HAD TO STOP AFTER 20 DAYS OF 2ND SESSION AS MY LEGS & FEET WERE ALL SWOLLEN AND I WAS COVERED IN A BLOTCHY RASH ALL OVER MY BODY.  THE HOSPITAL SAID IT COULDN'T BE THE CREAM...BUT TO STOP USING IT AND SENT ME AWAY.  WENT TO MY OWN DR. HE SAID HE HAD SEEN THIS TYPE OF ALLERGIC REACTION BEFORE, GAVE ME ANTI- BIOTIC CREAM FOR THE OPEN SORES ON MY LEGS AND ANTIBIOTIC TABLETS PLUS LOTIONS AND ANTI-HISTAMINES FOR THE INTENSE ITCHING.AT THE MO. I'M IN A MESS...I HAVE USED EFUDIX SINCE 2000 AND NEVER HAD THIS REACTION ALTHO' IT WAS OVER A SMALLER AREA..THE ONLY EASE IS TO GET IN A HOT BATH AND LATHER MYSELF WITH DERMOL CREAM.  NEXT APPOINTMENT AT HOSPITAL IS MID MAY! I HAVE HAD MOHS TREATMENT ON MY TEMPLE FOR BC WITH EXCELLENT RESULT! ITS GOOD TO READ OTHER COMMENTS.  NOT ENOUGH IFORMATION IS GIVEN OUT WHEN TOLD TO USE THIS CREAM.....WILL NOT USE IT AGAIN...(I AM 75)

    • Anonymous
      Pete
      Apr. 06, 2009

      Hi,

      I'm not sure but I appeared to get a worse eczema reaction when I put a thicker coat of Efudix on. It appears that you should put on the thinnest layer you can. I also found that washing the area with eczema just before being treated made it react and weep a lot so maybe you need to be careful with the soap you are using.

       

      My Efudix...

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      Hi,

      I'm not sure but I appeared to get a worse eczema reaction when I put a thicker coat of Efudix on. It appears that you should put on the thinnest layer you can. I also found that washing the area with eczema just before being treated made it react and weep a lot so maybe you need to be careful with the soap you are using.

       

      My Efudix tube has lasted over 12 months although I'm not doing a large area. It does spread easily so you only need a smidgen.

       

      Pete

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Apr. 07, 2009

      Hi.

      I do agree with you less being better...In the past when I have used it I put it on with a cotton bud this time it had to be from toes to knees on each leg so had to use fingers which were well scrubbed afterwards.  I was given two tubes of Efudix....in 20 days I had used 1/2 a tube. It was never applied before the last application had been washed...

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      Hi.

      I do agree with you less being better...In the past when I have used it I put it on with a cotton bud this time it had to be from toes to knees on each leg so had to use fingers which were well scrubbed afterwards.  I was given two tubes of Efudix....in 20 days I had used 1/2 a tube. It was never applied before the last application had been washed off.

      The rash I have (apart from the leg area) is only on parts that have been exposed to the sun so maybe is bringing out other areas affected by AK.

      To day I am not itching as much so hopefully things are looking up...hope things go well with you!.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Apr. 07, 2009

      By the way   I always use Aqueous Cream as an alternative to soap...its very good. Dermol can also be used to wash with.

      Cheers.

  • Anonymous
    dave
    Aug. 12, 2008

    Hi...Im in the same boat - fair skin , sailed and fished - outdoors as a teenager - with out cream ,  if I had  put cream on , was not all that good in the 70's / 80's..Now I have big  problems...at 47 years old...

     

    6 years ago I used Efudix ,  - it works fast and within 1-2 weeks your face will look like HELL ...all the kerotosis...

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    Hi...Im in the same boat - fair skin , sailed and fished - outdoors as a teenager - with out cream ,  if I had  put cream on , was not all that good in the 70's / 80's..Now I have big  problems...at 47 years old...

     

    6 years ago I used Efudix ,  - it works fast and within 1-2 weeks your face will look like HELL ...all the kerotosis , that is looming there will expose.  It gets redder - more inflamed , and then you go off the cream the blisters will form , fall off , then your skin will be smooth and look great. One has to just DO IT , take the pain of a terrible looking face- your health comes first not your appearance. Yes it is challenging - meeting people and explaining what you are  going thru --I always made a joke " dont worry its Not contageous" 

     

    Now I still have - problems on may face and ears...Now as we speak Im on Aldara - different method and outcomes...but I belive and hope  better  , as this drug goes into your system via the skin and has shown problems - not only where the cream is applied...on my scalp under my hair , my ears and behind my ear..Im now 3 weeks into 6 to 7 weeks of Aldara...Have gone off for 4 days due to my ear being infected... one needs to be nursed every week by your doctor , to pace and manage the applications..it attacks the problems in a very different way to Efudix..it makes your own body produce antibodies to kill of the C  spots on your skin ...5  weeks time I can tell you the final out come ..BUT my face looks terrible just like efudix , 6 years ago ...so problem is / was still there..or I just was bad in the sun again..wish me luck !   

    • carmenworley
      Aug. 12, 2008

      I DO wish you luck.  Please let me know how the Aldara works.  I DID go thru with the Efudex and was glad.  Still have other spots to treat (hands, arms, forehead)...so, I like to hear how other products work.

       

      Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      mary jane leland
      Sep. 18, 2008

      I just finished an Aldara treatment for actinic cheilitis and am in the healing stage.  Actinic cheilitis is actinic keratoses only on the lower lip.  From everything I read it reacts the same as Efudex but it is in the class of meds called immune response modifier.  It stimulates your own immune system to fight the pre cancer cells.  i...

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      I just finished an Aldara treatment for actinic cheilitis and am in the healing stage.  Actinic cheilitis is actinic keratoses only on the lower lip.  From everything I read it reacts the same as Efudex but it is in the class of meds called immune response modifier.  It stimulates your own immune system to fight the pre cancer cells.  i have to say it was pretty horrible.  Last night I felt like finding out where the doctor lived.  It's like surgery only it's not.  But swollen, red, puffy, etc.  It hurts to talk or laugh.  I saw the doc tonight and he was quite pleased with himself as having correctly diagnosed the lip and predicting correctly what would happen upon applying the Aldara.  Well, so far so good but it's not healed yet.  I hope no scars are left or anything.  I'm applying vaseline like mad and taking Valtrex to guard against any cold sores.  Did someone say milkshake?

       

      Mary Jane

    • Anonymous
      Candace
      Oct. 12, 2008

      Hi Mary Jane, I just wanted to know if your lip has healed yet?? I applied Efudex to my lips 1 week ago and my lips are still swollen, bleeding and real miserable! Does it heal?? Thanks, Candace

    • Anonymous
      mary jane leland
      Nov. 01, 2008

      November 1, 2008

       

      I am so sorry, Candace, that I am just responding.  I hope you are over the worst of it by now.  It didn't react at all until about the 6th day I applied it but once it did it was intense and severe.  It's horrible, right?  Well, the lips have healed.  But truthfully, I have to say that the bottom lip doesn't...

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      November 1, 2008

       

      I am so sorry, Candace, that I am just responding.  I hope you are over the worst of it by now.  It didn't react at all until about the 6th day I applied it but once it did it was intense and severe.  It's horrible, right?  Well, the lips have healed.  But truthfully, I have to say that the bottom lip doesn't look so different than when I started and I still have some smarting feeling like when the Aldara was just beginning to take effect.  I have asked for an appointment because I think I should be seen.  I cannot say it is 100% healed and whatever is happening, this weird sensation, is not going away.

       

      I'm starting to think the Efudex is better.  Please let me know.  I think we are both lucky that we were diagnosed.  It's fairly subtle in the first place.

  • Anonymous
    Verano
    May. 20, 2008

    I have used Efudex at various times over the years.  You can make it easy on yourself or hard.  I.e., you can use it once a week for a gradual, always red, plan over a long period.  It takes a long time to get rid of the skin cancer this way, but you are always more or less presentable and can cover it with makeup.  OR, you can blast yourself...

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    I have used Efudex at various times over the years.  You can make it easy on yourself or hard.  I.e., you can use it once a week for a gradual, always red, plan over a long period.  It takes a long time to get rid of the skin cancer this way, but you are always more or less presentable and can cover it with makeup.  OR, you can blast yourself and use it once or even twice a day and look terrible for a short time and be in a lot of pain after a couple weeks, but it soon gets to a bloody stage and you are forced to quit for a while. if all the cancer cells are not killed.  If you didn't get it all, you'll have to start again after it's healed some, but usually all cancer cells are killed.  That's the quick but ugly and painful way.  For example, I took that approach in the fall, but when the holidays were approaching, lots were already healing, but not all, so I took the Christmas, New Year and birthday months off from using it.   I was able to cover what I had left with makeup and then resume on the few that were still  obviously not completely killed.   I prefer Efudex over freezing.

  • Anonymous
    marsha roof
    Apr. 27, 2008

    I went through a full facial treatment of efudex 10 years ago.  It was very painful at various stages but truly worth it.  Having grown up in the 60's with lots of sun exposure, I have an ongoing battle with skin cancer that first reared its ugly head 18 years ago.  Nearly 130 lesions later, and many, many scars later, I look back at the benefits...

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    I went through a full facial treatment of efudex 10 years ago.  It was very painful at various stages but truly worth it.  Having grown up in the 60's with lots of sun exposure, I have an ongoing battle with skin cancer that first reared its ugly head 18 years ago.  Nearly 130 lesions later, and many, many scars later, I look back at the benefits of the efudex treatment.  It is kind of like child birth: at the time, you swear you will never do it again..... Now, the painful memories are all but buried, I know that I was able to buy time from the inevitable ones, and stop some of the beginning ones in their tracks, thus lowering the number of additional surgeries on my face.  Two major subsequent surgeries were all I had to do on my face over the next 5 years.  If you could have seen the number of active cancer spots the efudex did eliminate on my face, you could appreciate its benefits!  My face healed perfectly, or I guess I could even say that it healed better than before I started the treatment.  Even 10 years later, my skin is smooth and clear comparatively.  I am battling a spot on the opposite side of my nose, but I have chosen to spot treat it with efudex to see if I can avoid surgery.  I am doing the same with about 10 other spots that didn't show at my last derm visit just 8 weeks ago.  I am going to use efudex to take a more pro active part in between derm checkups which will always be no longer than 6 months apart.  

    1. sunscreen even more so after efudex treatment.  Do not expose the new skin what-so-ever.  RE-APPLY.  You should be going through a bottle every 2 months.

    2.  avoid stress and new sun exposure in general.  Cancer cells are present under the first layer(s) of skin and just need a little nudge to "pop" out.  At least these things activate mine.

    3. don't stop in the middle of treatment....continue all the way through!  Allowing the spot to appear to heal on the surface but hide deeper is crazy!  Basal likes to do its damage under the skin long before it shows itself.  Eradicate it totally either by freezing, surgical removal or total treatment of efudex.

    4. don't hesitate to call your doctor for any new spots.  Hunt for them!!  Squamous is a show off, basal likes to show off eventually, but melanoma does the best job of hiding!

     

    In closing, skin cancer conditions don't go away.  The search and treat regime will now be your way of life.  It's ok.....  you have options and with your doctor's direction and monitoring, efudex is one of them.  You will look and feel pretty "gross" with this treatment.  It should not keep you from work or your daily routines, but of course, this depends on your job.  I got a long break since I worked as a model at the time but I used that to my advantage...... I spoke out to every young model that was hitting the tanning beds and natural sun to get "model" pretty.  They didn't like what they saw when looking at me.  Maybe I helped a few people along the way.  I did not hide; I tried to expose the culprit:  the sun!  I did just fine during treatment but it did, however affect my ability to eat for 2 or 3 days as I could not move my mouth.  A soft diet was needed at that time.  LOVED THOSE MILKSHAKES!!  

     

    I hope this helps.....

     

  • Anonymous
    Greg
    Mar. 27, 2008

    I used EFUDEX in 1991 and now am doing the treament again. While it is not a cure all and while you may think you look terrible (which I do) it is far better to use this than to go in for MOHS surgery.

     

    While YES I wear a hat at work after the cream soaks in...I am glad I am doin ghtis again

  • RHONDA44
    Mar. 21, 2008

    Carmen,

     

    Are you going to continue using this???  I will do day 9 tonight and I have some really ugly spots coming over my face and Left temple and left cheek area.  Tonight is day 9 for me..  Do you ever go outside and have you had you lips get chapped?  I did not wear sunscreen for 2 day because it burned so much..  Just hurried...

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    Carmen,

     

    Are you going to continue using this???  I will do day 9 tonight and I have some really ugly spots coming over my face and Left temple and left cheek area.  Tonight is day 9 for me..  Do you ever go outside and have you had you lips get chapped?  I did not wear sunscreen for 2 day because it burned so much..  Just hurried in and out with hat and glasses... Now lips are sunburned... Scared to death,  Running Scared,, Ever feel that way...  Ask your doctor about the effudex because mine is on vacation.. Let me know please...

    • carmenworley
      Mar. 22, 2008

      Rhonda,

         Today/tonight is my last day of application.  My doctor has me applying twice a day for two weeks.  I chose to do just the right side of my face (tho they want me to do it all).  I look like I have some sort of disease, as it is very, very swollen and extremely red & crusty.  But, I KNEW it would be like this (that...

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      Rhonda,

         Today/tonight is my last day of application.  My doctor has me applying twice a day for two weeks.  I chose to do just the right side of my face (tho they want me to do it all).  I look like I have some sort of disease, as it is very, very swollen and extremely red & crusty.  But, I KNEW it would be like this (that is why I have been putting it off for many years!)  I walk my dog every day and wear a HUGE hat (as I know you are not suppose to expose the Efudex to sun) - I was instructed not to put anything on top of it - no makeup, sunscreen or lotion.  They told me if the itching got way, way too bad I could call and they would prescribe something.  I have prescription hydrocortisone cream that I can start using next week (Sunday, when I stop the Efudex).  All the literature says 6 more weeks and it should be mostly healed.....sooooooooo, we shall see.  I don't think I will be jumping right on the next section of my face - will take some sort of break.  Anyway, I am a dermatologists dream - everytime I go they take biopsies from somewhere.  Last time they took 3 - later they called and said 2 were BCC, so I have an appt for them to be removed.  I have already had 3 different Mohs procedures (forehead, chest & arm) for SCC.  It is something I have just been living with for the last 10 years (I am 53) and expect it will be that way until the Lord takes me.  They just kept telling me if I didn't do this Efudex on my face, I will eventually end up with areas that need to be cut on my face.  Like I said...we shall see.  Here's hoping that you can relax a little soon...I know it's hard, but "it's for the best" (going thru all this discomfort, stress, etc.)  I am definately not one to ask about things - as everyone is different.  But, hey, feel free to vent!!  Take care Woot!!

        

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 22, 2008

      Wow,

       

      The end of this round for you is great..  My scc was on my nose you know and I did get my nose and lips chapped for a day, guess I caused more damage.. Heck I don't know...

      What I want to know is I have so many places that turned red and dark so far,  but did all of the tissue turn red and dry even if it was not spotted????  Do take...

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      Wow,

       

      The end of this round for you is great..  My scc was on my nose you know and I did get my nose and lips chapped for a day, guess I caused more damage.. Heck I don't know...

      What I want to know is I have so many places that turned red and dark so far,  but did all of the tissue turn red and dry even if it was not spotted????  Do take a break before the next session,, you earned it..  I guess I will be like you Carmen I'm 44 and he said I was growing that one for a while.. Good thing I went to him for a rash..  Even the places I don't use it on is dry even though it is not treated.  Dermatitis/ezema was what he told me... Yeah, another fun thing.. 

       

  • RHONDA44
    Mar. 21, 2008

    Carmen,

     

    Are you going to continue using this???  I will do day 9 tonight and I have some really ugly spots coming over my face and Left temple and left cheek area.  Tonight is day 9 for me..  Do you ever go outside and have you had you lips get chapped?  I did not wear sunscreen for 2 day because it burned so much..  Just hurried...

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    Carmen,

     

    Are you going to continue using this???  I will do day 9 tonight and I have some really ugly spots coming over my face and Left temple and left cheek area.  Tonight is day 9 for me..  Do you ever go outside and have you had you lips get chapped?  I did not wear sunscreen for 2 day because it burned so much..  Just hurried in and out with hat and glasses... Now lips are sunburned... Scared to death,  Running Scared,, Ever feel that way...  Ask your doctor about the effudex because mine is on vacation.. Let me know please...

  • Anonymous
    Wendy
    Mar. 21, 2008
    My doctor just prescribed EFUDEX for my arms and when I took it to the pharmacy I was told it's been discontinued. Has anyone else run into this? It concerns me if it has that my doctor didn't know this. HELP!
    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 21, 2008
      WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN????  WHAT DOES THE DOCTOR SAY IS THE REASON???
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 23, 2008

      Rhonda,

      I don't go back to the doctor until Tuesday but it wasn't her that said it was discontinued. It was the pharmacy (Walgreen's) that said it was discontinued. I'm beginning to think it's just Walgreen's that doesn't carry it anymore. I'm going to call around and find a pharmacy that does.

       

      Wendy

    • carmenworley
      Mar. 21, 2008
      kinda hard to believe since i just bought it 2 weeks ago....plus, it has been around a LONG time and a LOT of dermatologists think it's really great (5 out of the 5 different dermatologists I've seen!!) Just ask Bridget Big Smile!
    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 21, 2008

      Briget,

      What is the deal with carac and or effudex, is it off the market??  And can I ask you a question?  I just finished day 8 of carac, and I could not use the sunscreen it stung during the day so I would put on a hat and glasses and go outside but my lips are sunburned, do you think since I am on this chemo I could have just increased my chance...

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      Briget,

      What is the deal with carac and or effudex, is it off the market??  And can I ask you a question?  I just finished day 8 of carac, and I could not use the sunscreen it stung during the day so I would put on a hat and glasses and go outside but my lips are sunburned, do you think since I am on this chemo I could have just increased my chance of skin cancer on my mouth.  Today they are real dry feeling and chapped.  I put sunscreen on today 30spf with titanium and put it on my lips as well and then some make up so I have some more coverage. My make up does not have any sunscreen in it but if my boyfriend can see me a little less scary...  My concern is my lips... And do you think since on scc appeared on my nose that I could have them come out anywhere on the body now...  Please answer if you can...  My derm is on vacation and I don't want to bug all the time, you know one of those nightmare patients...

    • Anonymous
      tina in TX
      Mar. 31, 2010

      Try a different sunscreen. I have tried several and I also found that some of them burn like crazy. Neutrogena Visibly Even is a moisturizer with Helioplex and offers SPF 30 and it does not burn at all, in fact it's a bit soothing now that I am 14 days into my Carac treatment. It even smells good! Definitely don't want any sun on this very tender skin!!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 23, 2008

      Thanks, Bridget. I'm going to call around to other pharmacies to see if they carry it.

       

      Wendy

    • Anonymous
      Kate
      Mar. 21, 2008

      Dear Wendy,

       

      Efudex has not been discontinued.  Either call your pharmacist and speak to him directly, or go to another pharmacy.  Also, you can ask for the generic, or the druggist can call your doctor to change the prescription to Carac, virtually the same drug, if for some reason they can't get Efudex.

       

      Good luck, and don't give...

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      Dear Wendy,

       

      Efudex has not been discontinued.  Either call your pharmacist and speak to him directly, or go to another pharmacy.  Also, you can ask for the generic, or the druggist can call your doctor to change the prescription to Carac, virtually the same drug, if for some reason they can't get Efudex.

       

      Good luck, and don't give up.  

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 23, 2008

      Thanks, Kate. I couldn't believe it had been discontinued since I was seeing so many posts with people using it. It must just be that pharmacy. I'm going to see the doctor in two days and so will check with her to make sure but I believe you are correct. I'm going to be using it on my hands and arms. She wants me to try Aldara on a couple spots...

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      Thanks, Kate. I couldn't believe it had been discontinued since I was seeing so many posts with people using it. It must just be that pharmacy. I'm going to see the doctor in two days and so will check with her to make sure but I believe you are correct. I'm going to be using it on my hands and arms. She wants me to try Aldara on a couple spots on my face. Looks like I'm in for some fun? with everything. But if it gets rid of everything, I'll be happy. I've had mohs surgery on 2 spots on my face for BCC about 3 years ago and don't want to have to go through it again.

       

      Wendy

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 27, 2008

      I've had three MOHS surgeries on my face, arm, and leg.   I have been using

      Efudex for ten years and just got a new prescription from my internist.  I will treat any suspicious spots myself before I will go to another dermatologist.  All they want to do is cut because they is how they make the big bucks.  I would rather use Efudex for...

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      I've had three MOHS surgeries on my face, arm, and leg.   I have been using

      Efudex for ten years and just got a new prescription from my internist.  I will treat any suspicious spots myself before I will go to another dermatologist.  All they want to do is cut because they is how they make the big bucks.  I would rather use Efudex for the rest of my life than have any more MOHS surgery!

  • Anonymous
    Bridget
    Mar. 17, 2008

    Efudex is a great product.  It's topical chemotherapy with the only side effects being a very sun burned (okay, extremely sunburned) appearance for a few weeks.  The alternatives are surgery which leaves scars or radiation therapy which can have a similar burning effect.  Nobody ever said that skin cancer treatment was fun or painless and...

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    Efudex is a great product.  It's topical chemotherapy with the only side effects being a very sun burned (okay, extremely sunburned) appearance for a few weeks.  The alternatives are surgery which leaves scars or radiation therapy which can have a similar burning effect.  Nobody ever said that skin cancer treatment was fun or painless and I don't think anyone ever will.  Most skin cancer may not be immediately life threatening, but it's still cancer.  So I think toughing out the raw skin is a small price to pay to treat it.  20% of AKs (actinic keratoses) will turn into Squamous cell carcinomas (though all have the potential to.)  So add up all your AKs and divide by 5.  That's how many surgeries you're avoiding.  The same is true for Aldara and Carac.  So let the Efudex work and you'll be glad you did.

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 17, 2008

      Bridget,

      It is so scary to see all these spots come out and he did not recommend my cheeks or chin at this time, he felt the left temple where sun hits in the car would be the worst and oh man is it spotted.  After this is done those that don't heal I guess he will biopsy?  I have so many spots on my shoulders but at the time he was not concerned...

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      Bridget,

      It is so scary to see all these spots come out and he did not recommend my cheeks or chin at this time, he felt the left temple where sun hits in the car would be the worst and oh man is it spotted.  After this is done those that don't heal I guess he will biopsy?  I have so many spots on my shoulders but at the time he was not concerned with them.  Could Carac be applied there with good results.  If the left temple is so achy do you think I could already have a internal growth?  I know your not the doc, but just want your opinion..  I Have a spot on my lower eyelid that is a little scaly and he has not seen that yet, can that area be treated or frozen on the lower lid.  What do you say about life in the summer after cancer.  Is it hibernation for us now?????

       

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 18, 2008

      Bridget,

       Can a scc or bcc in the left temple area if is already spreading be removed with mohs? 
      The concentrated area of my spots are left forehead and temple... Lots of spots, aches to the bone...  And seems swollen,, like maybe deeper... Could Carac go deeper than surface skin to get to one of these...  Worried about the blood supply...

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      Bridget,

       Can a scc or bcc in the left temple area if is already spreading be removed with mohs? 
      The concentrated area of my spots are left forehead and temple... Lots of spots, aches to the bone...  And seems swollen,, like maybe deeper... Could Carac go deeper than surface skin to get to one of these...  Worried about the blood supply there...  Also has your treatment included putting carac on fresh scc incisions as part of treatment..  Im doing what I'm told... But still have questions,,, Day 5 of Carac tonight, itching like crazy again...  If he only mapped out part of my face,, and we did not do cheeks, lips and chin, or shoulders could he add those later???  He mentioned the left temple to me in office as being an area he knew would inflame,  thank god for trained eyes but gosh I wonder is he is just weeding for the next biopsy...  Tell me the Carac can kill the cancers like bcc and scc.......... Doing what Im told........

       

    • Anonymous
      Bridget
      Mar. 19, 2008

      Carac only treats the most superficial of skin cancers and pre-cancers.  If you feel something lumpy deeper than just the outer layer of skin, you need to point it out to your dermatologist.  It should not be aching "to the bone."  Skin cancers in general are more sensitive than the surrounding skin.  If a skin cancer is adjacent...

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      Carac only treats the most superficial of skin cancers and pre-cancers.  If you feel something lumpy deeper than just the outer layer of skin, you need to point it out to your dermatologist.  It should not be aching "to the bone."  Skin cancers in general are more sensitive than the surrounding skin.  If a skin cancer is adjacent to or invading nerves it can be extremely painful.  If it hurts like that, it's probably more than carac can handle.

       

      BCC/SCC cancers can almost always be removed with mohs.  I'm not sure what you mean by spreading.  If you mean metastasizing, no.  Mohs will not treat metastasis to other areas of the body.  However, it will treat the primary lesion while the oncologist deals with the rest.  If you mean spreading as in getting bigger and spreading out sideways along the skin, yes it can be treated with mohs.  Another category that dermatologists look at when considering treatment of a skin cancer is the "differentiation."  For instance, an SCC can be well-, moderately- or poorly-differentiated.  Well-differentiated means it's all in one little ball and will be relatively easy to locate and remove.  Moderately differentiated means that it's starting to become less organized and will be more difficult to locate and remove.  It may require more layers with mohs in effort to "track it down."  Poorly differentiated SCCs are bad news.  They are certainly treatable, but they can require extensive mohs layers and post-op radiation.  Poorly differentiated SCCs resemble spiderwebs as opposed to a marble.  They can be metastatic at that point and must be treated aggressively.

       

      If the itching is driving you crazy, call the dermatologist and ask for a cream that can help with the inflammation like a mild (prescription strength) cortisone.  But, whatever you do, don't stop using the carac.  You'll be happy that you completed the course.

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 19, 2008
      I guess my fear is mets, and I don't know what I'm doing really.  Today the other doctor in the office said not to put carac on the post incision site. I said I have done it for 6 treatments already.  They just said stop now but continue with the rest. My doctor said trust him. If the cancer is in the temple area and a little deep can...
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      I guess my fear is mets, and I don't know what I'm doing really.  Today the other doctor in the office said not to put carac on the post incision site. I said I have done it for 6 treatments already.  They just said stop now but continue with the rest. My doctor said trust him. If the cancer is in the temple area and a little deep can mohs still treat it??  I look like crap and know a crappier look is around the corner but I'm trying to have faith..  Also can you take benadryl when using carac for he itching, it would help me I know..  Do you all tell people at your clinic that you can have a prosperous life after skin cancer?  I feel like I am in the hands of everyone besides my own self...  After the month of healing if something is still there then they decide when to biopsy it?
    • Anonymous
      Bridget
      Mar. 20, 2008

      Trust your doctor.  He's done this a million times.  If you don't trust your doctor, get a second opinion, but don't make your own decisions based on internet forums or advice from non-medical professionals.  I can't tell you how many times I've had patients tell me "but my friend had skin cancer and her doctor said blah...

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      Trust your doctor.  He's done this a million times.  If you don't trust your doctor, get a second opinion, but don't make your own decisions based on internet forums or advice from non-medical professionals.  I can't tell you how many times I've had patients tell me "but my friend had skin cancer and her doctor said blah blah blah.  The thing is that people don't correctly interpret things they don't understand.  You will get a very skewed version of what the doctor actually said unless the patient has some background in medicine.  If you have questions, write them all down and bring the list to your appointment.  Your doctor will appreciate that you're organized and pro-active with your own health. 

       

      As for the mohs on your temple, don't worry.  A doctor can take as much tissue as is necessary to attain clear margins with mohs.  Only in very rare instances will a mohs surgeon decide that he can't continue in the office because it is getting too extensive.  I've only seen it once and that was because we were directly on top of the carotid artery and it was getting a little hairy.  The patient went straight over to the surgi-center and the plastic/general surgeon was ready to take over (they put him under at that point.)  That is the nightmare scenario.  The average scenario is 2-3 layers depending on which school of thought your mohs surgeon follows, you get some stitches, and you go home.  No big deal and not much of a scar to show for it.  Of course there is a chance that any mohs site will turn into the nightmare scenario, but I've been cutting for this doctor almost every day for two years and it's only happened once.  That's pretty good odds that it'll turn out alright.  And if you're really nervous, ask the doc to write for some valium or xanax you can take before the surgery. 

    • Anonymous
      Bridget
      Mar. 20, 2008

      And no Benadryl won't do anything bad with the carac so you can take it if it helps.  After the carac treatment is finished and your skin has healed you should not have any questionable areas where you've treated.  If you do, then a biopsy is warranted. 

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 20, 2008

      Bridget,

       

      Faith is what I need and I trust the doctor.  Thanks for the reassurance of MOHS because my derm/mohs surgeon has been doing this for 20 years and he said I will watch you close.. So I am just going to take Benadryl and follow the treatment...   Thank you!

      Day 8 tonght and counting,,,  red spots signing off....  Thank you...

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      Bridget,

       

      Faith is what I need and I trust the doctor.  Thanks for the reassurance of MOHS because my derm/mohs surgeon has been doing this for 20 years and he said I will watch you close.. So I am just going to take Benadryl and follow the treatment...   Thank you!

      Day 8 tonght and counting,,,  red spots signing off....  Thank you for your words and technical expertise......  Have a great holiday....

  • carmenworley
    Mar. 16, 2008

    Yikes.  It has been a week...and boy, does it LOOK bad.  I will post a few pictures I took on Friday on my profile...but, it seems a LOT worse now (Sunday).  A whole week to go...(of just applying the Efudex....I hear the week AFTER is the worse!!!!!!)  All I can say, is IT BETTER MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!....when everything is healed and done. ...

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    Yikes.  It has been a week...and boy, does it LOOK bad.  I will post a few pictures I took on Friday on my profile...but, it seems a LOT worse now (Sunday).  A whole week to go...(of just applying the Efudex....I hear the week AFTER is the worse!!!!!!)  All I can say, is IT BETTER MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!....when everything is healed and done.  I still have the left side and my forehead to do...but, I want some PROOF that all this ugly agony is WORTH doing.

     

    Last winter when I did my arms and back it seemed like FOREVER to heal up.  When all was done, yes, it did look better....BUT...now (over a year later) I still have plenty more AK's and lots of basal cells too.

     

    Rhonda, I don't know how old you are...but, I think you are pretty young....you are doing the RIGHT thing.  DO IT NOW (the Carac/Efudex)!!  i honestly think the longer you wait...the worse it is.  I KNOW it is not fun - but, remember, you are definately NOT ALONE.....

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 17, 2008
       Carmen,  Im 44 and itching like crazy on day 4 of carac at night,  what about this itching, I can't even think or sleep still have 17 days left after today,  spot are everywhere,  treating forehead to brows, both temples and 2" in front of ears, and all of nose including incision where scc was removed per doctor orders, I...
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       Carmen,  Im 44 and itching like crazy on day 4 of carac at night,  what about this itching, I can't even think or sleep still have 17 days left after today,  spot are everywhere,  treating forehead to brows, both temples and 2" in front of ears, and all of nose including incision where scc was removed per doctor orders, I feel like such a baby only day 4 and I am going itch crazy, how I wish this was over, I try not to think about what the next task will be on return to the derm. I know that this is a year that I wish I could start different,  Ya know, I was looking at a magazine at swimming suits before this, what a joke,,,,,,,,,,, joke on me...........  Carmen stay with me on this journey, I may fall apart in week two.  Don't lose faith, your words make me realize I'm not alone..  I appreciate them..  What can I do about this itching?  Spots everywhere...  Please reply..
    • carmenworley
      Mar. 17, 2008
      sorry, have no idea what to tell you about the itching.  i don't know the difference between the Efudex and Carac.  i was told not to put anything on top of the Efudex, apply it twice a day for two weeks.  it's getting really hot and red - by the end of the week it will probably be very, very raw and tender (and itchy no doubt) ...
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      sorry, have no idea what to tell you about the itching.  i don't know the difference between the Efudex and Carac.  i was told not to put anything on top of the Efudex, apply it twice a day for two weeks.  it's getting really hot and red - by the end of the week it will probably be very, very raw and tender (and itchy no doubt)  all i know is i am not really looking forward to work today (and i love my job).  oh well.  no one REALLY cares (but us!!)...since they are not the ones that have to look in the mirror.  as for withstanding the pain, i keep trying to tell myself, that, in the scope of things...it will be over before i know it.
    • Anonymous
      Roger
      Dec. 24, 2008

      Hi,

      Just started using Efudex cream and wonder how long to keep it on.  The directions don't say and my Dr. hasn't returned my calls.  He's out of town. Left it on overnight and just put it on this morning for the 2nd time.

      Thanks

       

    • Anonymous
      Kate
      Mar. 17, 2008

      Dear Rhonda,

      I just want to let you know that you are not alone in the itching.  I am one itchy woman, my AKs always itched, and of course, the Efudex made it worse.  In fact, I used to wish for pain, rather than itching.  My doctor told me I could apply over-the-counter cortisone cream a few hours after application if I got desperate.  I...

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      Dear Rhonda,

      I just want to let you know that you are not alone in the itching.  I am one itchy woman, my AKs always itched, and of course, the Efudex made it worse.  In fact, I used to wish for pain, rather than itching.  My doctor told me I could apply over-the-counter cortisone cream a few hours after application if I got desperate.  I only did that a couple times, but I did take Benedryl to sleep.  They helped a little.

       

      One thing I can tell you is now that I have completed my 6 weeks of treatment and healing's begun (it's been 2 weeks), my itching has nearly stopped.  I'm still spotted (the legs, which was my treatment area, take a very long time to heal.  Vitamin E oil helps keep them from drying out.

       

      Just one other aside, that I doubt has anything to do with your itching.... Prior to using Efudex, I tried Carac.  They are essentially the same drug, but most instructions call for application once a day (Carac) rather than twice a day (Efudex).  I did not like the "delivery system" in Carac--that's the lotion part that makes it spread.  I found it very drying, and of course, drying causes itching.  If you really can't stand it, maybe you should ask your doc about changing over.  I would be surprised if you can't do it in the middle of treatment.

       

      So best of luck, Rhonda.  And you know what?  Everyone I know personally who's treated his/her face has had terrific results in the end.  So I do think these weeks are worth it.  I'll bet your skin looks better than ever.  There's another great site that you might want to try with lots and lots of participation--cancercompass.com.  You may find others there that can relate with your particular experience.

      Take Care. 

      Kate 

       

        

  • RTAYLOR44
    Mar. 11, 2008

     

    WHAT DID YOUR ARMS LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?  WAS THE TREATMENT WORSE OR DID IT LEAVE YOU SCARS?  Huh?

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 12, 2008

      Slightly speckled, not bad at all, considering. The treatment left minor spots that are fading, but they are a bit lighter and the AK was darker, so it's kindof 'a wash'. Nobody seems to notice, if they do, they don't say anything. I get compliments on rings, bracelets from store clerks all the time and nothing is said.

      BUT, I've never been...

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      Slightly speckled, not bad at all, considering. The treatment left minor spots that are fading, but they are a bit lighter and the AK was darker, so it's kindof 'a wash'. Nobody seems to notice, if they do, they don't say anything. I get compliments on rings, bracelets from store clerks all the time and nothing is said.

      BUT, I've never been really hung up on 'beauty', and feel the personality and motives are prime concerns. If you're friendly and relatively happy, nobody pays any attention to your arms or legs anyway. Cancer survivors, at least this one, are usually so happy to be here that many things become less important most days. Hope this helps~

    • carmenworley
      Mar. 12, 2008
      Thanks for all your encouragement Barb.  I had never heard of Carac (as you had never heard of Efudex) - but, guess they are pretty much the same (from what I read anyway).  So, you say you used it on your face and it worked WITHOUT letting it get to the "raw" stage?  Just about everyone says, and everything reads as though you...
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      Thanks for all your encouragement Barb.  I had never heard of Carac (as you had never heard of Efudex) - but, guess they are pretty much the same (from what I read anyway).  So, you say you used it on your face and it worked WITHOUT letting it get to the "raw" stage?  Just about everyone says, and everything reads as though you HAVE to do that in order to get rid of the cancer cells.  That is what I did with my arms and back last winter (it was nice because I could hide under long sleeves and turtlenecks Tongue)...but, it took so long to heal.  Now, a year later, I have a lot more AK's and plenty of new basal cells popping up.  Just not sure it is worth the discomfort.  Oh well, time will tell.  I opted to only do half of my face, so, we shall see.  Thanks again! 
    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 12, 2008

      Carmen, let me repeat, (or maybe it's in my profile), I first had biopsies and NONE were cancer yet. (this time) but several resembled the squamous cell from several years ago, my Oncol. Dr. agreed, so they were Carac'd. Big Grin 

      They also ITCHED like fury, as the first one had. 

      We were both really surprised at the neg.path reports,had just assumed...

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      Carmen, let me repeat, (or maybe it's in my profile), I first had biopsies and NONE were cancer yet. (this time) but several resembled the squamous cell from several years ago, my Oncol. Dr. agreed, so they were Carac'd. Big Grin 

      They also ITCHED like fury, as the first one had. 

      We were both really surprised at the neg.path reports,had just assumed if it looked like a frog . . .

      Out of 3 sites treated last fall, (one pretty large on my temple, about 1/2" around, filled w/many little tiny bumps) the very edge of two places is coming back on each temple, so will get to treating again as soon as I get around to it. I suspect the Q-tip was a little off, hard to be exact on small areas. Plus the area is exposed to sun, not protected by sun glasses and my oily skin sheds sun block and I dislike that 'sealed in plastic' feel it gives me.

      OK, back to treatment:

      Just as the treated places got sore and began to be a bit pink, I'd quit for a couple of days, then began again. Dr. said no harm in it, we weren't aggrevating a known cancer, but trying to remove a 'possible in the future' site.

      I've never done any research on skin ca, it was over so fast, so just took what I was prescribed (my radiologist had mentioned the 5FU content of Carac). Am glad to find this site so we can keep up on these things when needed. Good Luck to you, hope this helps.

      B. 

    • RTAYLOR44
      Mar. 13, 2008
       Im so glad that Barb in texas has some variable knowledge, I have very little trust in my skin right now only in the notes from here and doctor. 
    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 14, 2008

      'variable knowledge'?!?!  I love it!  (laugh, snort) 

      I'm about as variable as they get, I guess.

      I've been thru hell and back a few times and still have a sense of humor, so obviously miracles do exist!

      I hope you can be a team with your Dr. and put some trust there, if not, ask around and get some more info. I picked the brains...

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      'variable knowledge'?!?!  I love it!  (laugh, snort) 

      I'm about as variable as they get, I guess.

      I've been thru hell and back a few times and still have a sense of humor, so obviously miracles do exist!

      I hope you can be a team with your Dr. and put some trust there, if not, ask around and get some more info. I picked the brains of hospital nursing staff in the middle of the night when they were bored, and asked what would they advise their mother or sister or daughter, 'Which Dr. is both experienced and human/compassionate (and sober!)' and went with that. You cannot have too much info.  I am a total believer in support systems, talking to someone who's been down that particular road is truly wonderful, I hope never to have to take that path alone again, as I did the first time. Mucho scary. I will share what I've learned to the end of my days for that reason.

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 14, 2008

       I appreciate your humor and feel so thankful for a voice in the dark.  How long does it take for a insicion to heal after a mohs on the nose,  last night was the second night of Carac and the itching is difficult about 30 minutes into it, and I get scared to touch it because of chemo on my fingers.  The incision burns so or course my mind...

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       I appreciate your humor and feel so thankful for a voice in the dark.  How long does it take for a insicion to heal after a mohs on the nose,  last night was the second night of Carac and the itching is difficult about 30 minutes into it, and I get scared to touch it because of chemo on my fingers.  The incision burns so or course my mind is thinking there is cancer cells in that area that are not taken care of,  yesterday I paged the derm because first day of chemo I broke out in a rash all over, so he said to continue to take doxycycline with my chemo.  And then he said I have a 50% chance of another cancer in the next two years........... sun queen was not worth the consequence...........

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 14, 2008

      NOT SURE Effudex/CARAC ON A FRESH INCISION IS A GOOD IDEA! Did you ask your Dr.???

      I am not familiar with mohs, my surgery for Squamous in front of my ear was done by a surgeon in the office, about '95 or so, left an up & down straight-line scar just a shade over 3/4", clear margins, gone but not forgotten. He refused to do any more biopsies, (said...

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      NOT SURE Effudex/CARAC ON A FRESH INCISION IS A GOOD IDEA! Did you ask your Dr.???

      I am not familiar with mohs, my surgery for Squamous in front of my ear was done by a surgeon in the office, about '95 or so, left an up & down straight-line scar just a shade over 3/4", clear margins, gone but not forgotten. He refused to do any more biopsies, (said he could retire on my skin alone!), so now I go to oncologist for biopsies and so far none others have turned on me, all are still AKs. Seems like they ought to be able to put us under a blacklight or something to make a firm diagnosis, instead of 'guessing' which one and only biopsy the ones we 'think' might be 'something'.  What a crap shoot!

      Speaking of light, there is a blue ight therapy for AK/skin ca now, saw a news report on TV this week about it, might ask about that if you're in an area that's progressive medically. I'm near DFW so am thinking of learning more about that. 

       

       Not knowledgable about whether the chemo burn indicates cancer cells, is that true? I'd think it would burn ANY skin, it's an acid type of stuff so why wouldn't it burn everywhere it's 'eating' the skin surface??? Until someone SAYS that according to research, the burn indicates more cancer, I'd relax and not 'jump to confusion'. If it's true, I hope someone tells me. I must not have been worried enough about mine.

       

      Sun Goddess is right, and I STILL feel pale and unhealthy without a tan, was a hard change to get used to.  Kills me to see tanning beds and young women falling for that sales pitch. Yes, we 'felt' healthier and sexier w/ a tan, but now, no, you are so right, it was NOT worth it. Our only hope for a tanned look is for the dots to merge someday.

      Does anyone know of a self-tanner that won't leave me a sexy ORANGE?!?  Kiss

      I have yellow/med. olive skin, tanned brown in years past, not copper, and would love to use a self-tanner that looks real instead of an overdose of carrots. (betacarotene)  

      Good luck w/ your treatments, Rhonda, let us all know how they're progressing.

      Stumbling in the dark, yer friend~ 

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 15, 2008
       Again glad to hear your words,  Yes they said put it on the incision, and its so aggrivating that I can see all the scaly areas on my skin and thought all this time it was this rash I have been dealing with, Dermatitis/ezema that decided to come out about 8 months ago, nerves are a trigger so Im sure I fight the anti-inflammatory antibiotic since...
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       Again glad to hear your words,  Yes they said put it on the incision, and its so aggrivating that I can see all the scaly areas on my skin and thought all this time it was this rash I have been dealing with, Dermatitis/ezema that decided to come out about 8 months ago, nerves are a trigger so Im sure I fight the anti-inflammatory antibiotic since stress seems to be the way I feel,  I was given hydroxyzine pills for itching when the rash first appeared and I wonder about using that when the carac is on because it itches real bad, but hey, he says if it feels like that it is probably working, ya know the worse the better,  are those words to hold on to, again trust the doctor....   I missed last night on carac feel asleep at my friends house,  oops..  Will be faithful again tonight,  By the way I started buying jergens bronzing lotion and it is fairly good at giving even color without to much halloween effect,, Ha!  Here comes summer and I guess I will be the only one that glows like a lightbulb..  I guess there is no summer short skirts for me, I really don't know what to do anymore,, very depressed about the whole thing but the doc told me my hypersensitive immune system is probably due to my skin in a rage and that in turn that may have helped me somehow.  Living with both right now is a frustrating feeling.  I will ask about the blue light,  Can't they go over the body and just say yay or nay on the spots, crap I don't want guessing games forever. I appreciate talking to you, its better therapy,  I feel like crawling in a hole......
    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 18, 2008

      Barb in Texas,

      Listen I feel like the area of concern is in Left temple and I am on day 6 on Carac. Is this reaching a level under the skin to like to shrink an invasive area?  Surgery can be done in the Left temple and it may not have affected the left eye possibly right?  I have a small tube of Carac and it is getting about 1/3...

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      Barb in Texas,

      Listen I feel like the area of concern is in Left temple and I am on day 6 on Carac. Is this reaching a level under the skin to like to shrink an invasive area?  Surgery can be done in the Left temple and it may not have affected the left eye possibly right?  I have a small tube of Carac and it is getting about 1/3 used is that to much with 15 days to go?  It is hard to tell where this goes with it being so pasty.  Remind me that the uglier I am the better the cream is working right?????????   

       

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 19, 2008

      Oh, boy!

      Rhonda, I am just another patient and have NOT used Carac on diagnosed ca sites, it was still PRE-ca with me, so you MUST ask your Dr. about this.

       

      I would not mess around w/ something near my eye. Not a place to gamble on at all.

      I would visually 'divide' the tube into portions at the beginning so I wouldn't run out, or see about getting...

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      Oh, boy!

      Rhonda, I am just another patient and have NOT used Carac on diagnosed ca sites, it was still PRE-ca with me, so you MUST ask your Dr. about this.

       

      I would not mess around w/ something near my eye. Not a place to gamble on at all.

      I would visually 'divide' the tube into portions at the beginning so I wouldn't run out, or see about getting another tube if you are using copious amounts of the cream. It's easier to apply with a little plastic spatula or dampened pointed eye-makeup type of Q-tip or something rather than a finger, less waste that way. But then, I did spot treatment. If you are covering a larger area, you'll need more cream than I did. If you are to be using up your tube within your treatment period, it sounds like you are right on track with approx. 1/3 gone in 6 days.

       

      My Oncologist had not had much experience with it, so I was kindof on my own, but believe me, if I had a diagnosis of a cancer cell already, I would hunt down a Doctor with some experience with this stuff immediately, pick her/his brain about it, and not take ANY chances.

      Remember to wear hats, sunglasses, etc. when you are outside during treatment. I was warned about that several times, even tho' my treatment was in the fall. After all, this IS Tx., with 7" snow one day, 88 in two or three more days!  Good luck to you~B.

  • Anonymous
    Barb in Texas
    Mar. 11, 2008

    Carmen, I haven't heard of Efudex, but have used Carac (fluorouracil cream by DERMIK, Aventis) on my face, abdomen, arms and legs with very good result, NO pain at all. It takes awhile (1 mo. or less, mine were all way less even tho I skipped days so I never got as red and raw as I was warned I would.) Wanted to be able to be in public, so used sm. bandages...

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    Carmen, I haven't heard of Efudex, but have used Carac (fluorouracil cream by DERMIK, Aventis) on my face, abdomen, arms and legs with very good result, NO pain at all. It takes awhile (1 mo. or less, mine were all way less even tho I skipped days so I never got as red and raw as I was warned I would.) Wanted to be able to be in public, so used sm. bandages on worse areas. It's made from 5FU, the junk I got as an infusion when I had colo-rectal cancer in the 80's. They gave it thru a port because it destroyed vein area skin, causing scars, if the needle got loose in your arm.

    NOW they're using it to get rid of AK's, neat, huh? Might as well put it to good use, no? I, too, grew up outside, lived on the lake as much as possible, sailed as an adult until a few years ago. Tanned easily, but . . . Now am paying for it.

    Wish you luck, hope it works for you.

    Barb in Texas

    • Anonymous
      Kate
      Mar. 11, 2008

      Barb,

       

      You're the first person I've found who has used Florouracil on your legs.  Could you please tell me how long, post-treatment, it took for you legs to look "presentable".  A week ago, I completed a 6 week, 2 x's daily regimen, and it seems as though the hundreds of spots  that (thankfully) eroded and swelled will...

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      Barb,

       

      You're the first person I've found who has used Florouracil on your legs.  Could you please tell me how long, post-treatment, it took for you legs to look "presentable".  A week ago, I completed a 6 week, 2 x's daily regimen, and it seems as though the hundreds of spots  that (thankfully) eroded and swelled will never heal and fade.  Could you please relay your experience?  I'd be very grateful.

       

      Sincerely,

      Kate in Florida

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 12, 2008

      Kate, honey, I hate to tell you this, but our legs might not ever again be 'presentable'. I rue the day that someone decided that hose was 'out' (altho they are waaaay too hot for Tx.) and leg makeup will never do us any good.  I wear tights w/ dresses. (seldom) I have many spots left, I treat only the raised or itchy or peeling ones, the...

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      Kate, honey, I hate to tell you this, but our legs might not ever again be 'presentable'. I rue the day that someone decided that hose was 'out' (altho they are waaaay too hot for Tx.) and leg makeup will never do us any good.  I wear tights w/ dresses. (seldom) I have many spots left, I treat only the raised or itchy or peeling ones, the ones that scare me; there are too many to do a class-action spread and it's too expensive. Anything that 'eats' skin will leave a scar, that's what the white spots are, so dab just the spots if possible to reduce discoloration. I really don't think it would be possible to remove some skin and leave everything perfect, it's just not the nature of how skin heals, taking away the damage will leave some mark, it's bound to.

      Cancer is my concern, appearance is secondary to Life, so I wear white pants in summer and dark ones, or jeans in the cooler times, no shorts. At the pool, nobody looks at me anyway, but I'm usually underwater and have a nice coverup and wear wild earrings and hat/sunglasses so nobody pays any attention to my legs.

      Remember the important thing is to prevent cancer. Camoflage Dressing is the way to go. Cool  Then forget about it and live your life, others aren't so lucky~

      Barb in Texas 

       

    • Anonymous
      Kate
      Mar. 12, 2008

      Barb,

       

      You have a terrific attitude, so thanks for sharing it.  I agree with you on the hose ban!  What's that all about anyway?  Even with my legs in their "prime", they were way too pastey to look good without looking through sunglasses at them!

       

      You and I have pretty much the same wardrobe. I haven't worn...

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      Barb,

       

      You have a terrific attitude, so thanks for sharing it.  I agree with you on the hose ban!  What's that all about anyway?  Even with my legs in their "prime", they were way too pastey to look good without looking through sunglasses at them!

       

      You and I have pretty much the same wardrobe. I haven't worn shorts in years, and it sounds like I never will.  I guess first I have to heal....second, I have to accept....and third I have to move to Alaska!

       

      You are right.  There are so many things that are so much worse.  Time to focus on them.  Thanks so much for your response to my question.  It really does help.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Kate
      Mar. 12, 2008

      OOOOPPPPPS!  I meant to say that it's time to focus on the positiveCheesy 

       

      Kate in Florida 

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 12, 2008

      You are very welcome, Kate. I know how discouraging we can get when our appearance isn't what we'd like, I've learned that the hard way! But try to not let it get 'to you' and consider that if anyone is critical, maybe they need some education as to what is important. At least we hopefully avoided cancer to earn those white spots! Some people...

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      You are very welcome, Kate. I know how discouraging we can get when our appearance isn't what we'd like, I've learned that the hard way! But try to not let it get 'to you' and consider that if anyone is critical, maybe they need some education as to what is important. At least we hopefully avoided cancer to earn those white spots! Some people are just going to be critical and I try to avoid them as much as possible, depression and negativity are catching!

      (myth, people, not true, I'm being funny)

      Keep your sense of humor, lady, and Good Luck w/ your healing, might try the cream combo mentioned in another email.

      The End for me. 

      B. 

    • RHONDA44
      Mar. 17, 2008

        Hello Kate,

       

      Hope you are hanging in there...  It is the pits to see people go through this but a relief to know were not alone...  And here comes summer, what to wear and what to do???

       

      All things have changed since now I am a forced sun-a-phobe...  Itching and spotty should be my e-mail,,, Ha..   Really not funny though........

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        Hello Kate,

       

      Hope you are hanging in there...  It is the pits to see people go through this but a relief to know were not alone...  And here comes summer, what to wear and what to do???

       

      All things have changed since now I am a forced sun-a-phobe...  Itching and spotty should be my e-mail,,, Ha..   Really not funny though.....

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 27, 2008

      I have been using Efudex for 10 years on my face, chest, arms, legs.  It has never left a scar. 

    • sharann1
      Mar. 03, 2013

      I have used Efudex twice in my lifetime.  I had a large amount of AK's and basil cell carcinoma's.  It certainly ate away the bad skin but I never found it to leave a scare.  I was pretty scary looking during and after the treatment for awhile.  I am now treating my leg from below the knee and above the ankle.  I have about 30 red spots....

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      I have used Efudex twice in my lifetime.  I had a large amount of AK's and basil cell carcinoma's.  It certainly ate away the bad skin but I never found it to leave a scare.  I was pretty scary looking during and after the treatment for awhile.  I am now treating my leg from below the knee and above the ankle.  I have about 30 red spots.  I have applied it on the entire area, becasue it continued to eat away even the liver spots/old age spots.  Plus I had areas that I did not even know I had that it is attacking.  Once it is done making the spots, I will then treat only the spots.  

       

      Sharon

    • RTAYLOR44
      Mar. 11, 2008

       

      IM SO SCARED OF THE SCARING ON MY FACE,  MY CARAC IS TO BE ONCE A NIGHT AND FOR THREE WEEKS,  YOU ARE ENCOURAGING BUT IM STILL SCARED.  MY FOREHEAD AND BOTH TEMPLES AND NOSE ARE TO BE TREATED.  I HAVE BEEN TOLD I COULD TAKE OFF A WEEK DURING THE BAD SIDE EFFECTS.  I HAD A RASH X SIX MONTHS THAT I WAS DX. WITH A DERMATITS/EZEMA...

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      IM SO SCARED OF THE SCARING ON MY FACE,  MY CARAC IS TO BE ONCE A NIGHT AND FOR THREE WEEKS,  YOU ARE ENCOURAGING BUT IM STILL SCARED.  MY FOREHEAD AND BOTH TEMPLES AND NOSE ARE TO BE TREATED.  I HAVE BEEN TOLD I COULD TAKE OFF A WEEK DURING THE BAD SIDE EFFECTS.  I HAD A RASH X SIX MONTHS THAT I WAS DX. WITH A DERMATITS/EZEMA AND WHILE THERE ON VALENTINES DAY THE WEEKEND BEFORE WANTING TO GO SNOW SKIING, A PRECANCER AND A BIOPSY WAS DONE ON MY LEFT SIDE OF MY NOSE,  4 DAYS LATER MOHS FOR SQUAMOUS WAS DONE.  NOW I STILL FEEL LIKE I HAVE A RASH WE NEVER GOT BACK TO AND NERVES ARE A TRIGGER FOR THE RASH AS WELL,  I WONDER IF THE CARAC WILL ATTACK THE RASH AREAS ON MY FACE AND THINK IT IS A AK TOO.  I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR DOWN TO GO ON FOREHEAD AND WETHER TO COVER THE INCISION WITH CARAC TOO.. SO MANY QUESTIONS....?

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 12, 2008

      Hi R~

      I spot treated, not spreading it all over, and the white spots on my arms are fading. I have olive skin (green olive!, actually kinda goldish, tan easily) and spot treated early fall as we're not to be in sun with the stuff on. Increases burn risk, I was told by Oncologist.

       

      I doubt if the cream 'thinks' anything of your rash (smile) but...

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      Hi R~

      I spot treated, not spreading it all over, and the white spots on my arms are fading. I have olive skin (green olive!, actually kinda goldish, tan easily) and spot treated early fall as we're not to be in sun with the stuff on. Increases burn risk, I was told by Oncologist.

       

      I doubt if the cream 'thinks' anything of your rash (smile) but wouldn't want to get a contact dermatitis on top of everything else! Ask your Dr. if you can wait for rash to dissipate first before treating that area.

       

      One Dr. I know doesn't like the spot treatment and uses it over his entire face once a year. Don't know how long or how often, but he continues to work so I suspect he lets it get red (he's very fair skinned, reddish hair, blue eyes) and then stops before it gets raw.

      I hope everyone realizes I'm just a patient like you are!!!

      Barb in Texas 

    • RTAYLOR44
      Mar. 13, 2008

        barb,,

       

        The derm does not address the rash yet I think once he did the biopsy and then mohs on my nose we were headed a different direction,  I started Carac last night 3/12/08 and I feel scared to death what is coming, but want to put total faith in derm doctor but I dont really know how to put it on my nose,  do I go to the sides...

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        barb,,

       

        The derm does not address the rash yet I think once he did the biopsy and then mohs on my nose we were headed a different direction,  I started Carac last night 3/12/08 and I feel scared to death what is coming, but want to put total faith in derm doctor but I dont really know how to put it on my nose,  do I go to the sides of the nose too?  Does this absorb quickly so that if I was to brush up against my son skin to skin am I exposing him to something,,, so confused.  Day 2 tonight. Help

    • Barb in Texas
      Mar. 14, 2008
      Hi 'R'~ I'd be very careful to either apply very lightly or cover so you don't get it on anyone else. I might have dabbed too much w/ Q-tip because it stayed icky quite awhile sometimes. I received absolutely NO instructions as to how or how much to apply. Carac doesn't show on skin in sm. amts. but I covered one spot at the top of one eyebrow...
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      Hi 'R'~ I'd be very careful to either apply very lightly or cover so you don't get it on anyone else. I might have dabbed too much w/ Q-tip because it stayed icky quite awhile sometimes. I received absolutely NO instructions as to how or how much to apply. Carac doesn't show on skin in sm. amts. but I covered one spot at the top of one eyebrow w/ 1/2 a sm. dot band-aid so it wouldn't get on my hair or sunglasses frame. Remember, do not get into the sun much w/ this stuff on, it increases burn and that's how we got into this mess in the first place. Wear a hat, sunglasses, etc. Don't know what to tell you about the nose, I'd sure ask the Dr. (or office nurse or P.A.) on that.They always know what's going on and are usually glad to tell you everything you need to know to be comfortable w/ the treatment. Hope this helps. Don't be scared, it didn't kill me and I'm sooooo glad to be rid of the itching spots!
  • Sue
    Sue
    Mar. 10, 2008

    Dear Carmen:

     

    Thanks so much for your post.   I am a moderator for the site and though not medically trained I can help you try and find the information you are looking for.

     

    I searched our site and found two posts that I thought you might like to read.  The first is Healing Scars from Efudex. It does sound like in the end the women was pleased...

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    Dear Carmen:

     

    Thanks so much for your post.   I am a moderator for the site and though not medically trained I can help you try and find the information you are looking for.

     

    I searched our site and found two posts that I thought you might like to read.  The first is Healing Scars from Efudex. It does sound like in the end the women was pleased with the results. 

     

    The other is Efudex, Aldara, and Other Skin Cancer Topical Chemo Creams which contains some general information on the cream from Our Expert and Dermatologist Dr. Kevin Berman. 

     

    Hope this helps - let us know how things are going.

     

    All the best, sue 

    • unhappy
      Feb. 19, 2011

      Hi I am looking for any information at all regarding the healing after Efudex use. I treated my face for 25 days  4x per day with Efudex 5 and I have dark red raised blotches under and around my eye. It never changes day to day. It has now been 24 days since I stopped the cream and everywhere else has cleared up . I am devastaded . It looks like it is...

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      Hi I am looking for any information at all regarding the healing after Efudex use. I treated my face for 25 days  4x per day with Efudex 5 and I have dark red raised blotches under and around my eye. It never changes day to day. It has now been 24 days since I stopped the cream and everywhere else has cleared up . I am devastaded . It looks like it is forming scar tissue. Is there anyone out there that can help .